Heritage Winter Classics returns

December 6, 2017 by  

For the sixth year in a row, Heritage Sandy Springs will present its popular Heritage Winter Classics program. This time, however, there is a new format: instead of taking place in four parts, the event will be held on one night.

The program features jazz trumpeters Joe Gransden and Cecil Welch, who will partner for ‘A Bugler’s Holiday’, and vocalist Robin Latimore.

Gransden has his own ensemble, the Big Band & String Orchestra, a 16-piece group that plays at Cafe 290 and other Atlanta jazz spots. A vocalist as well as trumpeter, Gransden has been compared to Frank Sinatra.

Welch is a concert veteran, and was Henry Mancini’s principal trumpeter. Welch has performed with major symphonies such as the Chicago Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Latimore sings jazz, but enjoys gospel music and swing as well. She won a number of competitions while she was a student at The Fort Valley State College, and in 1988, joined her first band.

The concert is this Sunday, December 10, with doors opening at 4:00 pm. Cecil Welch will kick things off at 5:00 pm, and a short intermission between sets will give attendees the chance to enjoy the park’s holiday light display. Beverages will be available to purchase, and all proceeds go to Heritage Sandy Springs. Whole Foods Market will provide complimentary desserts and appetizers.

Events like this can be even more fun if organizers use seasonal banners to decorate the venue.